After spending a semester with the Bulwer Lyttons, I've discovered that I'm not particularly fond of either of them. In the end I realized that barring a trip to a couple of other libraries – and
So, lacking the resources to do a worthwhile biography, I was forced to look for another research topic, which is not a good place to be at the end of the semester. A week before my term paper was due, I was in
The sad thing is, I still think the biography project is worth doing; I just wasn't able do it well in the time that I had. It's even possible that there's a good paper to be written about her novel, although that's harder to imagine. Maybe I’ll come back to it later.
I should say something about the Victorian Special Collections in my university's library, though: they totally rock. I looked for some of Rosina's novels - which my library has - in WorldCat, to see if I could borrow them from someplace that would let me take them home instead of having to read them in the library. It turns out that many of the editions are available in fewer than ten academic libraries in the world, and some were available in only two or three. So, yay Victorian Collection.
Previous posts about my Bulwer Lytton project: